Friday, 17 February 2017

 
 

Another SS March in Riga this year?  Another disgrace in an EU, OSCE, NATO capital? 


Stop the 16 March marches in Riga, Latvia!

 

Call to Protest!


Alte-Kameraden
Alt Kameraden, Foto: r-mediabase
Old colleagues
 
 
 
2.1 Monday 8 July 2013,  'Jewish Hour' on Salford City Radio  94.4FM
Interview with Monica Lowenberg speaking about her trip to Latvia and the annual SS marches that take place in the capital of Riga.
2.2  Nazi Heroes-  Waffen SS hailed in Latvia
 
 
2.3  You Tube clip with Dr Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Israel
Photo reportage covering all three Baltic Neo-Nazi marches this year.  The reportage is accompanied by an interview with Dr Efraim Zuroff on Salford City Radio, 24 March 2014 and MEP Richard Howitt's speech condemning the SS march in Riga, read out on Salford City radio station,17 March 2014. 

 
 
Fahnenspalier-im-Schneetreiben
Fahnenspalier-im-Schneetreiben, Foto: r-mediabase
Flags for the SS


 
 
Keine Ehrung der lettischen Waffen-SS!
 
Aufruf zu internationalen Protestkundgebungen 
 
 
 
Am 16. März wird es in der lettischen Hauptstadt Riga - wie jedes Jahr seit 1991 - zu einem Gottesdienst, einem Ehrenmarsch und einer fahnengesäumten Kundgebung am Freiheitsdenkmal zu Ehren der lettischen Einheiten der Waffen-SS kommen. 
 
Lettland gehört mit Estland, Litauen, der Ukraine und Bulgarien zu den osteuropäischen Staaten in denen Einheiten der Waffen-SS und andere mit den Nazis kollaborierende antisemitische Todesschwadronen als nationale Idole gefeiert werden. Dies geschieht mit staatlicher Duldung und teilweise offener Unterstützung durch Behörden. 
 
Der Rigaer „Ehrenmarsch“ ist eine unerhörte Provokation für die Angehörigen der Opfer der lettischen Polizei und SS-Verbände und für die jüdische, russischsprachige und andere Minderheiten im Land. Er steht nicht nur im Gegensatz zu den Grundwerten der Europäischen Union, deren sonstige Vorzüge der lettische Staat andererseits gerne entgegennimmt, sondern ist auch eine Provokation gegenüber der Russischen Föderation und damit eine Gefahr für den Frieden in Europa.
 
In Lettland werden antifaschistische Demonstrant*innen erheblichen Repressalien (Telefonüberwachung, Reisebeschränkungen, Behördenschikanen, Polizeiwillkür, staatliche Einflussnahme auf Hotels und Veranstaltungsunternehmen) ausgesetzt. Dies gilt auch für Unterstützer*innen, die aus Deutschland und anderen Ländern anreisen.
 
Umso wichtiger ist es, auch 2017 Solidarität mit den lettischen Antifaschist*innen  zu zeigen. Die VVN-BdA und die Mitgliedsverbände der Internationalen Föderation der Widerstandskämpfer (FIR) rufen dazu auf, nach Riga zu reisen und am 16. März an der antifaschistischen Kundgebung teilzunehmen.
 
Gleichzeitig rufen sie dazu auf am 15. März 
 
·         in Rom, Brüssel, Budapest und Athen
 
vor lettischen Botschaften und Konsulaten in Europa gegen die Verherrlichung von NS-Kollaborateuren und Massenmördern zu protestieren und Freiheit für Lettlands Antifaschist*innen zu fordern. 
 
Die VVN-BdA ruft auf zu Mahnwachen vor der lettischen Botschaft und den Honorarkonsulaten in 
 
·         Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Frankfurt und Düsseldorf.
 
Wir fordern:
·         Schluss mit der Ehrung von NS-Kollaborateuren und Mördern!
·         Anerkennen der baltischen Beteiligung am nazistischen Völkermord! 
·         Freiheit für „Lettland ohne Nazismus“!
·         Wir rufen für den 15. März auf zu Protestkundgebungen vor der lettischen Botschaft und lettischen Konsulaten!
 
 
(Informationen zur Anreise nach Riga über: bundesbuero@vvn-bda.de oder 030-5557-9083-2)

 
http://vvn-bda.de/keine-ehrung-der-lettischen-waffen-ss-internationale-protestkundgebungen/
-- 
Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes – 
Bund der Antifaschistinnen und Antifaschisten (VVN-BdA) e.V.
Bundesvereinigung
Magdalenenstr. 19, 10365 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30-55579083-2, Fax: +49 (0)30-55579083-9
E-Mail: bundesbuero@vvn-bda.de
www.vvn-bda.de
 
 
 
Further Information:


List of Published Articles by Monica Lowenberg  

In chronological order since launching petition Stop the 16 March marches in Riga , 20 January, 2012.

 

Latvia

 

·         Latvia: A personal march through history   http://www.ajr.org.uk/journalpdf/2012_April.pdf   published in the AJR Journal (Association of Jewish Refugees, UK), Volume 12, April 2012 page 4 by Monica Lowenberg  also published by Second Generation Network, Voices  May 2012

 

·         Latvia’s difficult legacy  What is March 16th?  by Monica Lowenberg  published by the Holocaust Educational Trust and Second Generation Network, Voices  April  2012

 

·         Monica Lowenberg in Dialogue with Latvian Ambassador to Uk  March 2012  published by DefendingHistory.com  http://defendinghistory.com/monica-lowenberg-in-dialogue-with-latvias-ambassador-to-the-uk/32025#more-32025

 

·         An open Letter from Monica Lowenberg to Denis MacShane published in the New Statesman,  March 2012  http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2012/03/latvia-riga-waffen-european  

 

·         Latvia’s Nazi Nostalgia by Monica Lowenberg http://2ndgenerationforum.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/latvias-nazi-nostalgia/

published by Second Generation Forum 'Latvia's Nazi Nostalgia'  October 2012

·          EU- Real problem is not Latvia by Daniel Hannan  (British conservative MP) , 26 October 2012 published in the Jewish Chronicle http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/comment/88135/eu-real-problem-not-latvia  and response by Monica Lowenberg published in The Jewish Chronicle, Letters section, 2 November 2012 'A Special Kind of Blindness'


·         Cameron’s Latvian Liaison, one woman’s petition and one SS march  http://defendinghistory.com/cameron latvian-liaison-one-womans-petition-and-one-ss-   march-by-monica-lowenberg/51105  by Monica Lowenberg published by DefendingHistory.Com 15.03.2013

 

·         Images from the March 16th 2013 Annual Glorification of Latvian Waffen SS in Riga  published by Defending History.com  Posted on 3 April 2013 by Defending Historyby Monica Lowenberg  http://defendinghistory.com/riga-march-16-2013-annual-glorification-of-latvian-waffen-ss51949/51949#more-51949

 

·         On the Eve of Yom Hashoah Great Britain sinks into littleness on the Holocaust  http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/04/04/on-the-eve-of-yom-hashoah-great-britain-sinks-into-littleness-on-the-holocaust/   by Monica Lowenberg published in the Algemeiner 4.4.2013

 

·         The Photoshoots Hague would rather forget   http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news/world/article/1002/the-photo-shoots-hague
-would-rather-forget
  by Monica Lowenberg  published by Hope Not Hate .  A Hope not Hate Special 5.4.2013  and reposted by the Foreign Office  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/On-Foreign-Office-website-5-6-April-2013.pdf

 

·         You can't praise Hitler's troops and champion human rights, Mr Hague and Mr Lidington.  Opinion piece by Monica Lowenberg  published by Jewish News 02.05.2013  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Monica-Lowenberg-in-London-Jews-News-2-May-2013.pdf

 

·         Riga, Roots and Reflections  http://defendinghistory.com/riga-roots-and-reflections/60217

 

By Monica Lowenberg, published by Defending istoirHiHistory.com 28.10.2013

 

·         Latvian state dance troupe displays Nazi swastika  by Graeme Atkinson, International Editor Hope Not Hate and Monica Lowenberg published by Hope Not Hate, 24 November 2013 http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news/world/article/1579/lartvian-state-dance-t
roupe-displays-nazi-swastika

 

·         Riga, Capital of European Culture: Waffen SS, Stags and Silence?

PBy  Monica Lowenberg, published by DefendingHistory.com 4 February 2014   http://defendinghistory.com/riga-capital-of-european-culture-waffen-ss-stags-and-silence/63468#more-63468

  • Has Latvia turned a corner?

By Monica Lowenberg, published by Hope Not Hate, 12 March 2014


 

 

  • A Chronology of Latvia’s Pantomime of March 16th Horror:  2012-2016

By Monica Lowenberg, published by DefendingHistory.com 2 March 2016


 

  • "Don’t Stand By!",Mr Lidington

 By Monica Lowenberg , published by HOPE not hate   Sunday, 20 March 2016 http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news/world/article/2766/don%E2%80%99t-stand-by-mr-lidington

                article with full links:


 
 
 

 
 
 Report by Dr Gregor Gysi in the Bundestag 24.04.2012 reporting on Monica Lowenberg’s work and the situation within Latvia
 
 PCAA foundation” (UK) - Calls to ban the Baltic’s neo-Nazi marches
 
 
              Report on Latvia
                 by the ECRI calling a halt to all forms of Nazi glorification February 21,2012:
In the framework of its statutory activities, ECRI conducts country-by-country monitoring work, which analyses the situation in each of the member States regarding racism and intolerance and draws up suggestions and proposals for dealing with the problems identified. In the report on Latvia published on February 21, 2012 ECRI expresses concern as regards the authorisation of certain public events to commemorate two incidents and the authorities’ reaction in this connection. As concerns the first incident, every year, on 16 March, a gathering commemorating soldiers who fought in a Latvian unit of the Waffen SS is held in the centre of Riga. In this connection, ECRI regrets that, in spring 2010, an administrative district court overruled a decision of the Riga City Council 27 prohibiting this march. Moreover, ECRI is concerned that the speaker of the Latvian Parliament allegedly publicly expressed regret for the formal prohibition of this event and that certain MPs have voted for the restoration of March 16 as day of remembrance.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Monday, 21 March 2016

 
"Don’t Stand By! ", Mr Lidington
Source: HOPE not hate/Defendinghistory.com | Sunday, 20 March 2016




By Monica Lowenberg
At this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, the central message was “Don’t Stand By!” the British Conservatives having invested huge sums in the event and also in drawing up Holocaust Commissions to help us never to forget.
Admirable and noble intentions, indeed. Nevertheless, when one considers that, in 2009, the same British Conservatives – intent on moving away from Merkel and Sarkozy – set up shop with a rag-bag of ultra-nationalists from Latvia, the National Alliance which, each and every year since 1998, has supported glorification of the Latvian legionnaires who joined the brutal 15th and 19th divisions of the SS, then one can only question how serious the British Conservatives really are regarding Holocaust education, especially if they show such duplicitous standards.
After the 2009 Latvian liaison started, only three years later the Latvians set up, the first memorial in Europe to honour the SS! The British Conservatives said nothing.
To date there have been two Early Day Motions on the matter, talks in the Bundestag, talks in the European Jewish Parliament in Brussels, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, (a human rights body of the Council of Europe) condemned the march, the UK Jewish Board of Deputies contacted the Latvian ambassador and even wrote a manifesto stating that all attempts in the Baltics to equate Nazi crimes with Stalin should be stopped.
Additionally, the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism condemned the march and numerous British politicians of all persuasions voiced their concerns, Richard Howitt, a Labour MEP, writing a speech to be read out at the 2014 march by Dr Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Gareth Thomas, former shadow Europe minister, writing numerous letters. In the face of all this, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has remained steadfastly silent.
According to David Lidington, the current Europe minister, such “complex matters” are best dealt with by historians, at the same time as failing to condemn Baltic state policies and practices that promote glorification of Nazism.
Since 2014, the Latvian parliament has made it illegal for any minister to attend the march, Minister Einars Cilinskis from the National Alliance was sacked for doing so in 2014 but it has come to light that in 2015, despite the ban, justice minister Dzintars Rasnačš from the same party attended the march. He was not sacked.
Fast forward to this year’s SS commemorative march and though the number of participants may have dropped by a couple of hundred, around 1,000 still attended, mainly young and misinformed…passionate in their deluded belief that their fathers and grandfathers were freedom fighters against the Soviets rather than collaborators with arguably the most genocidal regime the world has ever known.
It is reported that 13 members of Latvia’s parliament attended the 2016 march, including the usual suspects such as “law makerJanis Dombrava with his other “law making” friends from the National Alliance: MP Raivis Dzintars who thinks Nazi salutes are funny, MP Imants Paradnieks who, outside the cathedral, befriended a group of Ukranian Azov Battalion nazis wearing Nazi insignia and proudly carrying blue, yellow flags with swastikas to the Monument of Freedom and Atis Jānis Krūmiņš from Riga’s City Council.
No ministers attended but, as in previous years, quietly slipped away from the foreign press to the Lestene cemetery where SS soldiers are buried. However, Kaspars Gerhards, of the National Alliance and Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia, did arrange for his parliamentary secretary, Jānis Eglīts, to attend the march and accompany the notorious right-wing Estonian politician Jaak Madison there.
Madison is the man who in 2015 defended, on his old blog spot, the economic aspects of the Nazi regime. At the Monument of Freedom Madison was promptly challenged by Kremlin stooge and British journalist Graham Philips who quite rightly asked him, if he was not ashamed to be attending a fascist march.
Madison responded with childish insults, feeling strong in the company of numbers whilst Philips was swiftly whisked away by armed police and dumped into a van to the amusement of the crowd.
Justice Minister Rasnačš did not attend the march, as he had illegally done in 2015 – clearly he is above the law – but not so long ago his parliamentary secretary, Jānis Iesalnieks is known to have stated on Twitter that Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik is a good boy, to which Breivik responded by stating that the National Alliance and Mr. Iesalnieks are in his imaginary nazi network!
Alarmingly, The National Alliance, whose parliamentary secretaries clearly have their uses, has been in the ruling coalition with the Greens since February.
If all this was not enough, only a few days before the march, Kārlis Seržants, a high-ranking Greens politician who sits on the Latvian Parliament’s national security committee outrageously stated, that “clever Jews” were compromising state security while Cornelia Kerth, chair of one of Germany’s most important anti-fascist organisations, the Association of Persons Persecuted by the Nazis/Federation of Antifascists (VVN-BdA), entered Hamburg airport to board her flight with Air Baltic to Riga only to be informed by the airport authorities that she could not board the plane as she was on a “black list of the Latvian immigration authorities’.
Five other VVN-BdA members, Thomas Willms, Markus Tervooren, Günther Hoppe, Lothar Eberhard and Werner Müller, who took a Ryanair flight from Berlin, thought they were lucky to be allowed into Riga, only to be immediately arrested at Riga airport.
They were informed that they fell under §61 of Latvian immigration law, the persona non grata rule, which can be applied when a “foreigner causes a threat to national security or public order and safety.” And this in the Schengen zone!
The five detained protesters were given a choice of deportation or two-days incarceration and chose the latter. In response, the VVN released, the day before the march, a statement accusing the Latvian authorities of “repression” against Latvian protesters.
“For years, the march by Waffen-SS admirers has enjoyed the protection of the Latvian government. The few anti-fascists protesting…will be handled by politicians and the media as enemies of the state”, it said.
Dr Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre agreed and branded the arrests of the anti-fascists as “absurd” and “highly objectionable.”
‘‘Anyone,” Zuroff said, “who fought for the victory of the Third Reich shouldn’t be a hero.” The Latvian patriotic account often omits that about 70,000 Jews were exterminated in Latvia, largely with local collaboration, while the Nazis were hailed as liberators.
“The Latvian Legion did not directly participate in Holocaust crimes but it did fight for the Germans and many of its members had previously taken part in the mass murder of Jews as part of the Latvian security police and the Arajs Kommando, a police unit connected to the German SD.
The organisers of the Riga march continue to present the members of the Legion as freedom fighters who paved the way for Latvian independence but nothing could be further from the truth.
The Nazis had absolutely no intention of granting independence to any of the Baltic countries and it is only because Nazi Germany lost the Second World War that Latvia could regain its independence after the fall of the USSR. People who fought for the victory of Third Reich should not be glorified as heroes – such a victory would have meant the end of Western civilisation.”
Zuroff further told the press that Russia, under Vladimir Putin, uses the Baltic nations’ ultra-nationalist marches in propaganda to falsely depict the populations of those countries as fascist.
“They are not,” he declared, “but they are also derelict in confronting the canard that fighting alongside Nazis was patriotic, and that Soviet domination was in any way comparable to the Holocaust.”
Latvia also does its international reputation no favours by entertaining nazis from the UK, Estonia and Ukraine whilst arresting law-abiding anti-fascists, putting on huge swastika dances at ice hockey matches, allowing Latvian youths to destroy wreaths to the victims of Nazism, ignoring international pressure to ban the SS march, pleas from the ECRI, the PCAA, the Jewish Board of Deputies, Early Day Motions, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, the European Jewish Parliament in Brussels and MEPs like Richard Howitt and by proudly stating to world press that, as from 2014, ministers are not allowed to attend the march but on the quiet one of them does in 2015 and is not sacked.
Nor do they help themselves by ignoring the voices of their own citizens, many of who are ethnic Russians and totally opposed to such manifestations of Nazi glorification.
Having myself become aware of this disgusting spectacle since 2011 and actively protested against it since 2012, I have to ask today where will this situation lead as tensions between the Baltic states and Russia escalate and when, suddenly, the murder of thousands of innocent Jews by men who later joined the Latvian SS – and the deaths of 1,500,000 innocent men, women and children, just outside Leningrad, caused by starvation, as a consequence of the Nazi blockade that the Latvian 15th and 19th SS divisions helped forge as they fought against the Red Army – are not murders to be remembered and condemned but rather ignored or just seen as another statistic, another sad casualty of war.
 






 Cornelia Kerth, chair of the VVN-BdA protesting outside the Latvian embassy in Berlin on 15 March 2016 after having been prevented from boarding a flight to Riga from Berlin with Baltic Air earlier that same day.  The VVN-BdA demanded that her five fellow protesters, who had been allowed to leave the country, only to be arrested on arrival at Riga airport and placed into a Latvian jail, be immediately released.

 


 







Ten Steps Back, One Step Forward- The Pantomime Has Started!




 
 
http://globalnews.ca/news/2581869/latvians-honour-wwii-nazi-allies-in-legionnaires-day-memorials/- shocking video,  SS men feeling sorry for themselves

http://rus.delfi.lv/news/daily/latvia/zaderzhannogo-za-provokacii-blogera-zhurnalista-fillipsa-otpustili.d?id=47191569  -Another shocking video, Graham Phillips asking Estonian politician Jaak Madison if he is not ashamed to be attending a fascist march
 
Is Latvia condemning older generations to non-citizenship? 24 March 2016



Listen to

 Special Report: Voices of March 16
 http://www.lsm.lv/en/article/features/special-report-voices-of-march-16.a173918/

Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis on March 16 stating that only one person was arrested when in fact five law abiding German citizens were arrested at Riga airport for simply wishing to peacefully protest at the march.  Note that the minister did not mention that Azov Neo Nazis attended the march or Holocaust revisionists such as Estonian politician Jaak Madison.


A variety of voices with:
Liana Langa on setting the record straight
Juris Ulmanis on the Legion and the National Guard
Boriss Cilevics on politics and March 16
Mr and Mrs Harries
Efraim Zuroff on anti-Semitism
Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis on March 16 
 
 
March 16 risk same as ever says security chief .
 
 
Security Police head Normunds Mezvietis Forgot to Mention that Innocent Protesters Would Be Arrested at Riga Airport whilst Azov Neo Nazis would be accompanied by politicians
 
 
"One of the purposes of the anti-fascists is to provoke the event participants," he said.
"By separating the different groups the risk of physical violence has been minimised," he added.
He also said that EU citizens were harder to prevent from entering the country, but that they could still be prevented.
"Increased border controls are a traditional measure taken, and one that we will be using this year as well," Mezviets said.